- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Milo Books (7 Jan. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903854288
- ISBN-13: 978-1903854280
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grafters Paperback – 7 Jan 2004
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Colin Blaney was a grafter, a wired-up, beat-down, real-life version of Kerouacs's Dean Moriarty. He set out from the decrepit council flats of east Manchester on a mission - to burn, burn, burn through a world of sex, booze, scams and good times. As a child he burgled warehouses and factories. As a youth he joined the bootboys of Manchester United's Red Army as they rampaged through the country. As an adult he learned to 'dip' with the Scouse pickpocket gangs, to sell drugs to Rastas in Moss Side shebeens, to sneak-thieve from tills and jewellery stores with his mad Collyhurst crew. But Europe offered the greatest lure. 'We started to buy Inter-Rails. These were for students but we knew a girl in the travel office who sorted us out. They cost [pound]60 and you could travel anywhere for four weeks...' Soon he was scoring hash in Amsterdam, peddling Ecstasy in Spain, kiting dodgy credit cards in Belgium, flogging bootleg t-shirts at rock concerts in France, snatching jewels in Germany. He and his mates served time in half the jails in Continental Europe - and then went back for more. They were on a raucous, riotous, rollercoaster ride - until they finally hit the buffers.Some people live for the day. A grafter lives for the minute.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book also goes into detail about the start of the football hooligan,life growing up in an inner city with the ravages of poverty & drugs.
For myself who unfortunately have spent some of my life in foreign prisons i can relate to it but for someone who hasnt it is a real eye opener(my girlfriend read it & was horrified.
I started the book on a long haul flight & had almost finished it when coming in to land so i would say it is a fantastic read.
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Nevertheless this is a great read. He came from an area of Manchester where little was expected other than you had to fight for a living and this is what the author has done. Now, having gone straight, he has discovered that there are probably more crooks in the media than the criminal fraternity.
Unfortunately, Blaney appears throughout his book to be quite a sly, untrustworty and rather unlikable self-obsessed character whose venal career criminality inflicts misery on those that he deceives and robs along the way. He does this largely without recognition or remorse whilst bleating on those the occasions when others, particularly those in the film and media industries treat him in, in his view, a contemptible or dishonest way.
The first few chapters are reasonably interesting for their novelty although the plot of the book quickly becomes repetitive as he shoplifts and thieves in the brief spells between jail-time or dumps yet another partner or employer. The sub-text throughout the book is that his criminality was somehow justified by being born and brought up in one of the poorer areas of Manchester and that this consequently fact alone largely absolves him from the necessity for guilt or genuine remorse.
As for the football violence element, although he peppers the later chapter of the book with name-checks of the real hard men such as Cas Pennant and others, by his own account, Blaney himself appears to have been more of a follower than a leader or a terrace general and there are many better accounts of the seventies and eighties football hooligan phenomena written by insiders, if that's your sort of thing.
This is a revised and updated edition and irritatingly, the standard of proof-reading still appears to be low in places.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put it down ,fantastic book . grafters is what it is dimply about a firm of grafters MUFC FOREVERPublished 1 month ago by Paul Connors
I couldn't bring myself to read something with such a glaring spelling error on the front cover, the publishers should be ashamed.Published 3 months ago by Midge
I understand that this book was probably written as a way out of crime, but honestly it's awful. Badly writen, barely a semblance of a plot. An awful lot of rambling. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Andrew
Good book and well written. Undesirables is better but this is worth a read.Published 8 months ago by Simon Gallagher